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Garden Club donates to charities

By Staff | Mar 21, 2018

From left, Peggy Schulte, Barbara Vadas, Betsy Haesemeyer, Marty Kendall and Rad Hazen. ED?FRANKS

Marty Kendall, president of the Pine Island Garden Club, recently presented five island charities with checks ranging from $1,000 to $2,500. The club presented a total of $7,500.

Barbara Vadas accepted a check for $2,000 for the Pine Island Food Pantry. The Food Pantry met the needs of 2,533 adults, 1,051 children and 403 seniors last year – a total of 3,987 clients were served. The Food Pantry is located at Our Lady of Miraculous Medal, 12175 Stringfellow Road, Bokeelia, FL 33922.

Peggy Schulte accepted a check for $1,000 for Helping Paws Animal Shelter. Helping Paws is a 501(c)3 non-profit, no kill shelter, housing almost 200 healthy cats and kittens as well as special needs, FIV and FELV cats. It is located at 10060 Mallory E. Parkway, Unit D, St. James City, FL 33956.

Rad Hazen, president of the Calusa Land Trust, accepted a check for $2,500. The purpose of the Calusa Land Trust is to protect the natural diversity and beauty of the Pine Island region. Since the 1970s, the CLT has been acquiring, managing and preserving in perpetuity environmentally sensitive or historically important land. Contact CLT at Calusa Land Trust, PO Box 216, Bokeelia, FL 33922

Betsy Haesemeyer accepted a check for $1,000 for Beacon of HOPE. The Beacon is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the Pine Island United Way House that works with many other assistance groups to serve the needs of the Greater Pine Island community. The Beacon of HOPE is located at 5090 Doug Taylor Circle, St James City, FL 33956.

Rachel Rainbolt, development and education coordinator, accepted a check for $1,000 for the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife. CROW is a teaching hospital and visitor education center dedicated to saving wildlife. Rainbolt offered an update on an injured eagle recently found on Pine island stating that the eagle had an injured wing but was expected to recover. CROW is located at 3883 Sanibel Captiva Road, Sanibel, FL 33957.

“When we have a gala and do fundraisers, and through your generosity and the generosity of the people of Pine Island, we have an opportunity to help island charities,” Kendall said. “In addition to a traditional garden club’s mission to provide members’ horticultural education and promote area beautification, this club also works to raise money to reward those area non-profits that best enhance the quality of life for the residents of Pine Island, both human and wildlife. These five organizations meet that definition.”